But Chrysalis was THE mother in the hive. The other changelings were workers, not reproductives -- and there was no sign of a consort. Therefore, her species must have reproduced like bees or ants: one reproductive female, who mates once, stores sperm, and produces eggs. The fertilized eggs hatch into maggot-like larvae; those are canon. The grubs must have undergone a complete metamorphosis at some point, spinning a cocoon with the green stuff they used for pony pods, pupating, and emerging as sexless workers.
The pastel-colors-and-antlers magic event completely transformed changeling reproduction into something mammalian. Compare the images of baby changelings in the pictures attached to your post and mine.
If Chrysalis could produce thousands of workers with no male in sight back before that change, why can't she do it now?
One possible reason: not enough stored food left in her body. She needs to eat some more kittens.
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